Getting ready for singing auditions can be quite a challenge. Sometimes the process of getting ready to audition can seem overwhelming and insurmountable. I know I have had my share of torturous auditions and competitions! It has been my privilege to help so many of my students through many auditions, including American Idol’s Jason Castro and his brother Michael Castro. Let me help you put some things into perspective and see if we can simplify the process a bit. Here are seven things to help you have a successful singing audition.
1. PREPARE YOUR INSTRUMENT
Eat fruits and veggies.
Drink plenty of fresh water. Hydration is key to a healthy voice.
Sleep seven to nine hours and go to sleep before 11:00 pm if at all possible so that your body can properly restore itself while you sleep.
Warm up your voice everyday and work up to singing your songs several times a day as you get your voice into tip top condition.
Exercise your body. Your whole body is your instrument. Enough said:).
2. CHOOSE A SONG THAT YOU LOVE, BELIEVE, AND CAN CONNECT TO EMOTIONALLY
Obviously, if you don’t know what you are saying, the judges won’t get it either. If you cannot express feeling and emotion, the judges won’t feel it either. One of the most important things you can do to insure a great audition is to sing a song that moves you so that you can move others.
3. CHOOSE A SONG THAT IS WITHIN YOUR VOCAL LIMITS
It is important to sing a song that does not push you beyond your abilities, even if you are working hard to extend your abilities. Sing something that feels good to you and that you are confident you can pull off when you are under pressure.
4. BE YOURSELF
You are an amazing human and your listeners want to hear your voice, not you trying to sound like someone else. Be real, natural, and authentic.
5. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
You have worked hard to prepare for your audition! You are ready and you can do it! Step out of your comfort zone and let it go. It will be so much fun and empower you in so many ways. Just take a breath and have a great time!
6. MAKE IT ABOUT YOUR AUDIENCE
In this case, you will be singing for judges. What if you could turn your mind to think about them instead of yourself? What if you could focus on creating an emotional experience for your listeners intend of worrying about what they are thinking about you? There is so much freedom in releasing your worry and instead sharing yourself with others. Go for it!
7. REMEMBER THAT IT IS ONLY A MOMENT IN TIME AND IT DOES NOT DEFINE YOU OR YOUR ABILITY
The judges are only people just like you. They have preferences just like you do. They may prefer a different type of singer than you are. They may be tired or hungry when it is your turn to sing. They may be distracted in some way and not giving you their full attention. They have an opinion and a preference. Your ability to sing is not defined by the tiny period of time that you will be singing for them. If you win the audition, then congratulations! If you do not win this one, try again and be happy with yourself. You are the only you in the whole wide world!
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